Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

We don't need researchers to tell us that more people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot -- we can see it, hear it and experience it ourselves! While this is all great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner, of course.

Image: street intersectionWe developed the PAL campaign because we want everyone to know how they can easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being Predictable, Alert and Lawful, or being a PAL (both in the friendly neighbor kind of way, and in accordance with the acronym). We think if more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether we're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

League of American Cyclists

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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14th Street Bridge
1918
Ballston Connector
337
Bluemont Connector
204
CC Connector
717
Clarendon EB bike lane
199
Crystal SB bike lane
109
Custis Bon Air Park
1058
Custis Rosslyn
1329
Fairfax EB bike lane
150
Joyce St NB
36
Joyce St SB
29
Key Bridge East
1124
Key Bridge West
763
Military NB bike lane
36
Military SB bike lane
31
MVT Airport South
2089
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
77
Roosevelt Bridge
424
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1266
TR Island Bridge
1330
WOD Bon Air Park
832
WOD Bon Air West
1405
WOD Columbia Pike
628
WOD East Falls Church
0
Wilson WB bike lane
254

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
191
Ballston Connector
391
Bluemont Connector
368
CC Connector
545
Custis Bon Air Park
485
Custis Rosslyn
340
Joyce St NB
58
Joyce St SB
87
Key Bridge East
2306
Key Bridge West
1079
MVT Airport South
10307
Roosevelt Bridge
121
TR Island Bridge
466
WOD Bon Air Park
43409
WOD Bon Air West
617
WOD Columbia Pike
591
WOD East Falls Church
0

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
4857293
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